In this lesson, I explain how you can use the present simple to talk about the future. I also highlight an idiom that I use in the example video.
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Present Simple for Future Events
In the example I gave, I said the following:
“…we fly in about an hour and a half, so at the moment we’re just killing time.”
As flights are on a schedule, we can use the present simple. That is why I said, “we fly…” for a future action. Here are some more examples:
- “Hurry! The movie starts in 10 minutes!”
- “The sale ends tomorrow.”
- “We leave at 6 A.M. (train)”
- “We’re leaving at 6 A.M. (car)”
In the last example, I used the present continuous. This is because when we travel by car, this isn’t on a specific timetable.
Additionally, in the video, I used an idiom – to kill time. This means to do something to stay busy while waiting for something else to happen. I was killing time in the airport by making videos, playing with my son, and using my phone.